I may have missed it, but I do not see a bill from a Democratic sponsor on this issue, and that is a crime in and of itself. If I have not missed it, for shame. You have let the most shameless politician in this state, Republican Senator Greg Lavelle, get the jump on you.
Call his bluff. Pass Helene Keeley’s HB110 Marijuana Legalization Bill and Senator Lavelle’s SB197 as a package deal.
Oh, you want to find out what is in Lavelle’s bill first? You want to make sure it’s not a trick? Good call. SB197 provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession, use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses. Here is the Republican rub, to be eligible for the mandatory expungement, the marijuana conviction must be the applicant’s only criminal conviction. Ever.
I think that last part will have to be amended. Because if we are going to make marijuana legal, then we should expunge all prior sentences, no matter what. If a person is a serial killer who has been convicted, yes, he or she should have their marijuana conviction wiped clean too.
And I trust that Lavelle is now for and will vote for HB110 unamended, correct?
SB197 – Marijuana Possession/Use Conviction Expungement
STATUS – Waiting for a vote in Committee
HISTORY – Senate Health, Children & Social Services 5/8/18
SPONSORS – Lavelle, Longhurst, Hocker, Marshall, Pettyjohn, Simpson, Sokola, Baumbach, J.Johnson, Q.Johnson, Kowalko, Miro, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Potter, K.Williams, Yearick
NOT VOTING –